Are you interested in endurance sport and diabetes? Eddie wants to start a Diabetic Multisports Club! Here’s what he has to say…
I started my love hate relationship with endurance sport in 1994. Due to the fact that my father-in-law said that I must run the Comrades Marathon before I can marry his daughter. Well in 1996 I ran the Comrades and that was the same year that I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I did not complete the Comrades, but I got married in 1997 and run the race of a diabetic life.
I struggled to manage my love for endurance sport and to control my diabetes. I was on and off different training rogrammes and non training programmes, because all endurance athletes don’t understand or couldn’t be bothered about a partner that needs to check his blood sugar and not his time. All the years I ran on my own.
Serious Triathlon Training Sessions
I want to get involved in more serious triathlon training sessions. I am sure that there are more diabetics that need assistance with their training programmes. Wouldn’t it be great if experienced endurance athletes could train with novice runners and help each other to get fit and healthy through a mutual partnership that understands the signs and can assist each other through training programmes and races?
I want to start a multisport club for diabetics that sets up testing stations (like water points) on all your major endurance races.
Diabetic Multisports Club
The Diabetic Multisports club will bring together Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic athletes of all levels who share the common goal of living in a world where diabetes is a factor, not a focus. The club is comprised of both seasoned endurance athletes (runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes) as well as athletes who have never participated in an endurance sport.
New athletes will benefit from the experiences of the more seasoned athletes, while those more experienced will have the opportunity to share what they have learned about the challenge of training and competing while keeping their diabetes in good control. While the training process is a period where triathletes can focus on getting in shape and improving their time, for those of us with Type 1 diabetes, it’s a chance to start understanding how different activities and intensity will affect our blood sugar and how we can better manage our diabetes to keep everything in check.
Training and Blood Sugar Testing
It’s also important to train and participate in a group because it can help you figure out how to best manage your time in the actual race, while incorporating blood sugar testing.
As far as the individual activities go, each part of the triathlon training had different effects on my blood sugar and required a slightly different approach for management.
Let’s work together to conquer our own individual mountain!
Please let me know if you would be interested in a Diabetic Multisports Club.